#146: The Fountain, Dundee Street, Edinburgh

The Fountain, Dundee Street, Edinburgh (exterior)

The Fountain used to be a bit rough, but was taken over by The Shilling Group in the last year or so. It couldn’t be much more different, now aimed squarely at middle class pub-goers of Edinburgh. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s a nice pub, mostly straight-forward but with a fancier than average approach to food.

It’s got wooden floors, some nice original pillars and cornices, “tractor stools” at the bar, big leather chairs in one corner, assorted mismatching tables and chairs in the middle and a slightly raised area at the other end for diners. The colour scheme is very neutral except for a big bright green ladder that sticks out like a sore (alien) thumb. There are some odd little touches like old wooden shoe inserts and rustic old suitcases. I wouldn’t go as far as saying the place feels “posh”, just very clean cut.

It was reasonably busy for a Tuesday night with office types, ordinary types, a few students and some trendier looking folk. There was Bowie on the stereo the whole time we were in, can’t complain about that.

As mentioned above, this is one of the pubs in The Shilling Group, so stable-mates with Bar Kohl, Thomson’s Bar and The Golden Rule.

The Bar

The Fountain, Dundee Street, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

On Cask Fyne Ales Vital Spark, Inveralmond Homecoming Scotland, Stewart’s No. 3. Keg: Brooklyn Lager, Vedett Blonde and White, West St. Mungo, Williams Blackball Stout, Tennent’s Lager, Rekorderlig and Aspall.

Better than average bottle selection, but I didn’t write any down.

It was £20.25 for 5 pints and a coke. Pints were around £3.65 a pop.


The food’s good but quite pricy with mains from £11 to £17. Fish and chips was £12. We thought it was pricy enough to wait ’til we got to McCowans acrosss the road for the opposite end of the scale. I’ve had the fish and chips before and they were pretty good, but you’d hope so for that price. Elaine and I also had a nice meal in here at Christmas and it was really nice, but it definitely stung. We wrote it off as a Christmas extravagance.


There are a few tables and chairs outside on a sort of patio, but it’s a busy road, not exactly relaxing out there.

Castle View

Yes, you can see Edinburgh Castle from outside but I didn’t remember to take a photo.


Website: thefountainbar.co.uk
Twitter: @thefountainbar
Facebook: The Fountain
Parent: The Shilling Group


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